Illinois offers a variety of health care management degree programs at its public and private colleges and universities. Students interested in pursuing an education in the health care management field can choose from a variety of health administration, healthcare leadership, health systems management, and health services management programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. Students could participate in field experiences or internships while pursuing their degrees. Following are overviews of the seven Illinois schools with relevant programs. A table is included that compares degree options and tuition rates.
Governors State University
Governors State University, located in University Park, offers a Bachelor of Health Administration and a Master of Health Administration degree. The bachelor's degree program consists of 120 credit hours and courses such as health care organization, health planning, medical sociology, and health care statistics. The master's degree program consists of 54 credit hours and students must take courses such as health administration, health care policy, and law. Students can also pursue an internship or field experience in the master's degree program.
Lewis University also offers a health care management degree program. It is located in Romeoville. The Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Leadership program consists of 128 credit hours. Students are partnered with a health care mentor for networking and advising purposes. This program is designed for students over 24 years old with a minimum of 3 years of work experience and approved transferable credits. Required courses include health care operations and financial management.
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago, located in Chicago, offers a variety of health care management degrees for students to choose from. Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management degree and Master of Science in Nursing: Health Systems Management degrees are available. A combined 5-year program for the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management and Master of Business Administration can also be earned from Loyola University Chicago.
National Louis University
Another school with a health care management degree program that is located in Chicago is National Louis University. This university offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Leadership and a Master of Health Services Administration. Both programs can prepare students for a career in health care management with skills in communication, organizational management and problem-solving.
Saint Xavier University
Another school in Chicago with a health care management degree is Saint Xavier University. The Graham School of Management offers a Master of Business Administration in Health Administration. Required courses for the degree include health care system organizations, legal and regulatory issues in health administration and health care financing and managed care.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
A health care management degree is also available from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, located in Carbondale. The Bachelor of Health Care Management program includes courses such as health finance, management, health services management and health policy. Students also complete an internship ranging from 3-12 credit hours.
Western Illinois University
Students can also pursue a degree in health care management from Western Illinois University, located in Macomb. The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management program includes an internship for all students. The Health Sciences department also has scholarship programs available for qualifying students.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Health Care Management Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Governors State University||4-year; public; rural fringe|| Bachelor of Health Administration
Master of Health Administration
|$12,196 (in-state); $21,586 (out-of-state)*|
|Lewis University||4-year; private nonprofit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Leadership||$32,450*|
|Loyola University Chicago||4-year; private nonprofit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management
Master of Science in Nursing: Health Systems Management
|National Louis University||4-year; private nonprofit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Health Care Leadership
Master of Health Services Administration
|Saint Xavier University||4-year; private nonprofit; large city||Master of Business Administration in Health Administration||$33,880*|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||4-year; public; small city||Bachelor of Health Care Management||$14,704 (in-state); $29,160 (out-of-state)*|
|Western Illinois University||4-year; public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management||$12,951*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.